Sebastian (I.S.) Buhai, PhD: Brief résumé with links (November 2015)
For a detailed Curriculum Vitae please download the extended PDF version.
Current/ Recent Academic Affiliations
Since 11/2014, I am Associated Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University. Furthermore, I also have current affiliatiations with the research centers CCP (DK), CELSI (SK) and NIPE (PT).
Between 01/2015 and 04/2015 I was Visiting Professor at the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance, in Rome. From 05/2013 to 10/2014, I was Visiting Faculty at the Department of Economics, Stockholm University. Between 05/2010 and 05/2013, I was Marie Curie Individual International Outgoing Fellow (IOF), under EU Commission’s FP7-People Marie Curie Actions Program, at the Department of Economics, Northwestern University (“outgoing host”; first 2 of 3 years), and the Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University (“EU host”; 3rd year). I was privileged and honored to have Dale Mortensen scientific mentor for that Marie Curie IOF project, and beyond.
Main Research Interests
Microeconometrics, Labor Economics, Empirical Industrial Organization, Real Options, Social Networks, Personnel Economics
- 2008 (November): Ph.D. in Economics, Tinbergen Institute / Erasmus University Rotterdam
- 2003: M.Phil. in Economics, Tinbergen Institute
- 2001: B.Sc. in Sciences (Mathematics/ Theoretical Physics), University College Utrecht / Utrecht University
- 2001: B.A. in Social Sciences (Economics/ Law/ Political Sciences), University College Utrecht/ Utrecht University
* I maintain a more detailed page on my research in Economics, which includes titles/ abstracts of other research in progress.
- Returns to Tenure or Seniority? (with Miguel Portela, Coen Teulings and Aico van Vuuren), March 2014, Econometrica, 82 (2), pages 705–730, DOI: 10.3982/ECTA8688 . See also the corresponding Web Appendix or the older July 2009 version (includes theory framework)
- Tenure Profiles and Efficient Separation in a Stochastic Productivity Model (with Coen Teulings), May 2014, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 32:2, pages 245-258, DOI:10.1080/07350015.2013.866568. See also the corresponding Web Appendix or the accepted, non-gated, November 2013 version
- How Productive is Workplace Health and Safety? (with Elena Cottini and Niels Westergaard-Nielsen), latest version July 2015, Revised & resubmitted at the Scandinavian Journal of Economics
- A Social Network Analysis of Occupational Segregation (with Marco van der Leij), latest version Oct 2014; current stage: in revision
- Firm Downsizing, Public Policy, and the Age Structure of Employment Adjustments (with Hans-Martin von Gaudecker), latest version Dec 2012; current stage: in (major) revision
Published theses and scientific reports:
- Buhai, I.S. (2008), “Essays on Labour Markets: Worker-Firm Dynamics, Occupational Segregation and Workplace Conditions” (Full Digital Version), PhD Thesis November 2008, Tinbergen Institute and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Thela Thesis -Academic Publishing Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Buhai, I.S. (2006), “Wages, Seniority and Separation Rates in a Stochastic Productivity Model: A Comparative Perspective”, M.Phil. Thesis May 2003, Tinbergen Institute and Erasmus University Rotterdam, published as monograph at the Editura Lumen (Lumen Publishing House), Iasi, Romania
- Buhai, I.S. (2005), “Quantile Regression: Overview and Selected Applications“, Ad-Astra Journal (Young Romanian Scientists’ Journal), Vol. 4
- Buhai, I.S. (2003), “Note on Panel Data Econometrics”, report NAKE Nieuws 15 (2)
Other disciplines than Economics:
- Theoretical Physics: Buhai, I.S. (2001), “Classical Solutions to Double Oscillator Field Theory”, unpublished B.Sc. Honors Thesis, University College Utrecht, May 2001
- Science Policy: Buhai, I.S. (2004), “Conditia Cercetatorului: Intre Realitatea de Acasa si Idealul din Afara” (in Romanian), Ad-Astra Journal (Young Romanian Scientists’ Journal), Vol 3 (2), 2004
- International Law: Buhai, I.S. (2006), “Customary Law Assessment and Aplications: Capital Punishment for Juvenile Offenders”, published in “New Approaches in Humanistic Sciences”, a volume of selected student papers in social and humanistic sciences, at Editura Lumen (Lumen Publishing House), Iasi, Romania, April 2006
For more information and details please see my extended CV (PDF version).
Sebastian Buhai’s Research in Economics
Returns to Tenure or Seniority? (with Miguel Portela, Coen Teulings and Aico van Vuuren), March 2014, Econometrica, 82 (2), pages 705–730, DOI: 10.3982/ECTA8688 . See also the corresponding Web Appendix or the old July 2009 version (includes theory framework)
This study documents two empirical facts using matched employer-employee data for Denmark and Portugal. First, workers who are hired last, are the first to leave the firm. Second, workers’ wages rise with seniority, where seniority is defined as a worker’s tenure relative to the tenure of his colleagues. Controlling for tenure, the probability of a worker leaving the firm decreases with seniority. The increase in expected seniority with tenure explains a large part of the negative duration dependence of the separation hazard. Conditional on ten years of tenure, the wage differential between the 10th and the 90th percentile of the seniority distribution raises is 1.1-1.4 percentage points in Denmark and 2.3-3.4 in Portugal.
Keywords: wage dynamics, tenure, seniority, Last-In-First-Out
JEL-codes: J31, J41, J63
Tenure Profiles and Efficient Separation in a Stochastic Productivity Model (with Coen Teulings), May 2014, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 32:2, pages 245-258, DOI:10.1080/07350015.2013.866568 . See also the corresponding Web Appendix or the accepted, non-gated, November 2013 version. This paper had a 2nd R&R at the Review of Economic Studies earlier.
We develop a theoretical model based on efficient bargaining, where both log outside productivity and log productivity in the current job follow a random walk. This setting allows the application of real option theory. We derive the efficient worker-firm separation rule. We show that wage data from completed job spells are uninformative about the true tenure profile. The model is estimated on the PSID. It fits the observed distribution of job tenures well. Selection of favourable random walks can account for the concavity in tenure profiles. About 80% of the estimated wage returns to tenure is due to selectivity in the realized outside productivities.
Keywords: random productivity growth, efficient bargaining, job tenure, inverse gaussian, wage-tenure profiles, option theory
JEL-codes: C33, C41, J31, J63
This paper investigates the causal impact of workplace health and safety practices on firm performance, using Danish longitudinal matched employer-employee data merged with unique cross-sectional representative firm survey data on work environment conditions. We estimate standard production functions, augmented with workplace environment indicators, addressing both time-invariant and time-varying potentially relevant unobservables in the production process. We find positive and large productivity effects of improved physical dimensions of the health and safety environment (specifically, “internal climate” and “repetitive and strenuous work”).
Keywords: occupational health and safety, work environment, firm performance, production function estimation
JEL codes: C33, C36, D24, J28, L23
A Social Network Analysis of Occupational Segregation (with Marco van der Leij), latest version Oct 2014; current stage: in revision
We develop a network model of occupational segregation between social groups divided along gender or racial dimensions, generated by the existence of positive assortative matching among individuals from the same group. If referrals are important for job search, then expected homophily in the structure of job contact networks induces different career choices for individuals from different social groups. This further translates into stable occupational segregation equilibria in the labor market. We derive conditions for wage and unemployment inequality in the segregation equilibria and characterize both 1st and 2nd best social welfare optima. Surprisingly, we find that utilitarian socially optimal policies always involve segregation, but that additional distributional concerns can justify integration policies.
Keywords: Social Networks, Homophily, Occupational Segregation, Labor Market Inequality, Social Welfare
JEL codes: J24, J31, J70, Z13
Firm downsizing, public policy, and the age structure of employment adjustments (with Hans-Martin von Gaudecker), latest version Dec 2012; current stage: in revision.
This paper studies the structure of workforce adjustments when firms facing adverse demand conditions are offered public financial incentives for downsizing. In particular, we are interested in how the age composition of employee outflows is shaped by corresponding age-dependent institutional arrangements. Our simple labour demand framework, with stochastic product demand and firing costs heterogenous in workers’ early retirement eligibility, has as core prediction that distressed firms will dismiss with predilection those employees eligible to retire early. We test the model’s implications on the entire set of mass layoff events in larger Danish private firms over 1980-2001, period covering several reforms to the early pension system. Our empirical conclusion is that that firms behave as predicted by our model with regards to their lower-educated workforce, but not towards their higher-educated employees. An extension of our baseline firm-level model to narrow within-firm employee categories with potentially asymmetric turnover responses to firm-level demand shocks can rationalize this finding.
Keywords: early retirement, labour demand, employment adjustment, mass layoffs, LEED
JEL-codes: H32, H55, J26, J65
Work in Progress (and some temporarily abandoned projects)
- Job Hazard Premia and Worker Risk Preferences (with Elena Cottini); current stage: presentation mode; preliminary draft on request.
We provide a fresh analysis of the theory of compensating wage differentials (CWD) using rich data on self-reported work environment conditions and worker risk attitudes, from a representative 5-wave (1990-2010, 5-year spaced) panel survey of workers, which we link to the Danish register, longitudinal, yearly, matched employer-employee data. Our study improves and extends previous CWD empirical analysis in several ways: a) in standard hedonic wage equations, we control for both individual and firm-specific time-invariant unobserved heterogeneity; we also report spell-first-difference estimates where workers report changes in work conditions within the same job spell; b) we account for worker heterogeneity in attitudes towards health/ safety risks, from information on workers’ smoking habits and on their being parents of young children; c) we compare results in a) and b) with alternative results obtained by estimating the workers marginal willingness to pay for job amenities from their job separation hazards. For a), we find that the only work environment conditions compensated for by hourly wage premia, in the order of 4-6%, are related to flexibility in the working time (“shift premia”), namely “working in irregular shifts”, “working in the evening” and “working at night”. If we account for the selection of workers in hazardous jobs based on the observed worker risk proxies and time-invariant worker unobservables, we find negative selection of risk-lovers into shift-jobs, with sizable hourly wage premia of 18-26%, while positive or no selection, and no compensation, in other types of hazard work. Finally, shift-jobs CWD estimates based on the worker’s employment history have magnitudes in between those at a) and b). We rationalize our results via a parsimonious model of job hazard premia and worker risk profiles.
- Performance Pay, Wage Dispersion, and Job Separation (with Miguel Portela); current stage: presentation mode; draft soon.
We investigate the effects of performance pay (PP) on individual wage growth, within and between-firm earnings inequality, and worker-firm separation, using exhaustive Portuguese linked employer-employee longitudinal data for 1986-2007. This is the first economy-wide study in the incentive compensation literature attempting to account for the endogenous compensation policy of firms and for endogenous selection of workers across PP and non-PP firms. In our empirical analysis we are able to control for both unobserved worker and unobserved firm specific heterogeneity, and to proxy for the firm’s costs of switching across PP and non-PP regimes. Inter alia, emphasis is placed on the determinants, effects, and dynamics of managerial incentive pay and turnover. We rationalize our findings by means of an extended Lemieux, MacLeod and Parent (2009, QJE) model.
- Worker-Firm Dynamics with Seniority Bargaining: Theory and Empirics (with Coen Teulings and Miguel Portela); current stage: presentation mode; draft soon.
We provide theoretical and empirical microfoundations for worker seniority (a worker’s tenure relative to the tenure of all her co-workers at the firm) as natural bargaining device in large firms with stochastic product demand and irreversible firm-specific investments required for each newly hired worker. The firm and its workers simultaneously bargain for layoff order and wage schedule, whereupon infra-marginal senior workers get wage premia and layoff insurance. Buhai et al (2014, ECTA) have already shown empirically that wages increase and job exit hazard decreases with seniority, on exhaustive linked-employer-employee-data from Denmark and Portugal. Using this same data, and econometric methodology adapted from both Buhai and Teulings (2014, JBES) and Buhai et al (2014, ECTA), here we prove that the seniority profile in wages is a proxy for the return to the extent of necessary worker-firm irreversible specific investments.
- A Real Options Theory of Labor Turnover
- Business Cycles and the Age Structure of Labour Adjustments. Structural Framework and Empirical Assessment (with Hans-Martin von Gaudecker)
- Employee Wage, Employer Size and Stochastic Labour Demand; current stage: presentation mode.
- Disentangling Labor Adjustment Costs (with Miguel Portela)
- Recovering wage offer and employee productivity distributions in search models: an empirical investigation using Danish data (with Jesper Bagger)
- Estimation of an Equilibrium Model of Firm Dynamics (with Julien Prat)
- On Labour Market Transitions under Efficient Bargaining and Idiosyncratic Productivity Shocks (with Dimitris Pavlopoulos)
- Structural Estimation of a Two-Sided Matching Employer-Employee Model (with Daniele Condorelli)
- Peer Group Effects and College Choice (with Marisa Hidalgo Hidalgo)
- Experimental Evidence on Fairness among Workers (with Jens Grosser)
Published Dissertations & Reports
Essays on Labour Markets: Worker-Firm Dynamics, Occupational Segregation and Workplace Conditions (Full Digital Version in the EUR Repository), PhD Thesis November 2008, Tinbergen Institute and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Thela Thesis -Academic Publishing Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 2008
Wages, Seniority and Separation Rates in a Stochastic Productivity Model: A Comparative Perspective, MPhil Thesis in 2003, at the Tinbergen Institute, published as monograph at the Lumen Publishing House, Iasi, Romania, February 2006
Quantile Regression: Overview and Selected Applications, Ad-Astra Journal (Young Romanian Scientists’ Journal), Vol. 4, 2005
Other unpublished work from my graduate student days (surveys, reports, course papers etc.)
Sebastian Buhai’s Miscellaneous Essays
Next to the selected essays from below, I also post regularly on the followings weblogs:
- My current personal blog (with most posts in English or Romanian). View also my former personal blog.
- Blog EconAcademia (with most posts in Romanian): a blog by Romanian academic economists, which I have recently initiated; direct link to my posts there.
The documents linked to below are for the most part, though not always, in Romanian, with explanations around them (only for the more recent contributions) in English. Some related material (in various languages) is available under various news media formats on my media-coverage page. You can also find a selection of my undergrad student essays (all in English) at University College Utrecht/ Utrecht University on my “UCU” page.
NB. Click on to download PDF copies of these articles or follow the links to online versions. The explanations/ links are not updated (subsequent to their initial posting here), hence is possible that some, especially older, links ceased working; sometimes anticipated that by providing also (‘print screen’-like) PDFs.
Selection of some relatively recent (from 2007 onward) essays/ presentations:
- About an opportunity for the National Bank of Romania to make history and revolutionize research and graduate teaching in Economics within Romania, by following the Bank of Italy’s and Bank of Spain’s example with EIEF and respectively CEMFI institutes, and setting the basis of a “Romanian Institute for Economics and Finance” (Institutul Roman pentru Economie si Finante=IREF in Romanian): I wrote this essay (in Romanian) on 1 June 2015 for Blog EconAcademia, a blog of Romanian academic economists that I initiated and co-founded. This initial article was excellently adapted for the Romanian newspaper Adevarul by Remus Florescu; see also my press coverage page– look up the entry for 17 June 2015.
- Manifesto – in Romanian and respectively, in English – for the 1st Edition of the Annual Scientific Conference of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (in Romanian: 1a Editie a Conferintei Stiintifice a Economistilor Romani din Mediul Academic din Strainatate= ERMAS), co-authored with Mihai Copaciu, Cosmin Ilut, and Cristian Litan, in December 2013. A brochure for that conference, gathering several documents (the manifesto, our call for papers, the final program, and the list of participants) can be accessed here in Romanian or here in English. Full details at conferinta.econacademia.net or, easier for only English speaking folks, at english.econacademia.net. We also wrote a short statement for the Romanian press underlining some of the expectations for this conference (many of them fulfilled, a posteriori). See also a PDF list with links to press coverage of the ERMAS 2014 conference and its aftermath (including press coverage of our being awarded one of the “Top 100: People and Ideas that Move Romania” Foreign Policy (FP) Romania Prizes, at the category “Ideas/Projects”, in early March 2015, for initiating this ERMAS conference).
- Detailed answers to what finally became an unpublished 10-questions “interview” requested by Romanian national newspaper “Romania Libera”, 10 February 2012 (in Romanian)
- An article entitled “Unii dintre noi vom avea atâta timp liber încât ne vom plictisi. Altii deloc…” I wrote for the Romanian newspaper Cotidianul in their series “5000 semne ale viitorului”, published on the 20th of April 2008 (some info about the series in this article by Alexandra Badicioiu). The article linked above also contains some biographical information (both the article and the information have been edited by the journalists from Cotidianul to fit the required space and the format). If the direct link above stops functioning properly, you have above a link to the version saved on my site. There are also some more details and further references to the article linked here in the comments section of this post on my blog.
- Scientific Colloquium of Romanian researchers in Denmark, at the residence of the Romanian Ambassador in Denmark, Theodor Paleologu, on the 10th of March 2007. I presented “Economia ca stiinta sau despre imperialismul economic intre stiintele sociale”; you can dowload the PDF presentation linked at the start of this paragraph (in Romanian). I talked a bit more about this colloquium on my blog (also in Romanian). And you can also find something about this event on the site of the Romanian Embassy in DK.
Selection of older (before 2007) articles and presentations, on various topics, published in various Romanian mass-media (online and/or in print format), aimed for a wider public. In general, I tried to keep the order inverse-chronological.
First some short articles (in the un-edited version) published within the Educational Supplement of the newspaper Gandul, on the lives of several Nobel Laureates (that section is actually called, in direct translation from Romanian, “the Nobel Laureates are also humans…”). I don’t know yet if I will continue with this series.
- John Harsanyi: O Calatorie Incredibila sau “Daca Vrei cu Adevarat, Poti!” (You can also read this from my blog)- this has not been published in Gandul yet (or this is what I know, it sounds incredible but I am actually never informed whether something was published, will be published and so on- another reason why I am not sure whether it is worth continuing- my 100% voluntary- collaboration there).
- Jan Tinbergen: Un Om de Stiinta Coborat din Turnul de Fildes (I posted this also on my weblog, here).
- Jim Heckman: Independenta, Perseverenta, Excelenta. Punct si de la Capat… (You can also access it via my weblog)
I also published a very short economic article (the most difficult part was to keep it that short) in the newspaper Cotidianul.
- Snapshot Economic al Europei in Tranzitie: Noiembrie 2005 .You can also read it directly on their site (I also posted it on my weblog).
I wrote another article
initially for the same newspaper Cotidianul but apparently they did not like it (I say “apparently”, since in fact I was never given a reason for “why not”, which is what I would have expected from rational people) so at the very end of the day I ended up just posting it on my blog. Well, who’s interested will find it, read it and- you’re welcome to, by the way- comment on it and on anything else that you find on this page.
I continue with some articles that were initially published on the Romanian online independent portal “Romania, Libera in Viitor” (RLIV), within its weekly electronic publication called “ACUM” (you can find all other articles I wrote for RLIV-ACUM here) and sometimes also in other places.
Highlights (especially articles concerned with science and research policy in Romania):
- Perspectiva Candidatilor la Presedintie asupra Cercetarii, Stiintei si Tehnologiei. Exemplul SUA, Deziderat in Romania
My questions concerning the status of scientific research in Romania from the second part of this article (the essay was published here, in the RLIV-ACUM’s “Research, Science, Technology” (in Romanian: “Cercetare, Stiinta, Tehnologie”) section that I founded and maintained as editor until June 2005), inspired from the questions addressed by the prestigious journal Science to the USA presidential candidates and addressed to the Romanian presidential candidates in 2004, were publicly sustained by means of open letters, by the Ad-Astra Association of Romanian Researchers (in Romanian: Asociatia “Ad-Astra” a Cercetatorilor Romani), the Romanian Academic Forum (in Romanian: Forumul Academic Roman=FAR) and by several scientists of Romanian origin, including the Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor George Emil Palade. Some accounts in the mass-media and on the web sites of the organizations involved can be read in what follows: press communicate FAR, press communicates Ad-Astra, open letter signed also by Prof. Palade, other echoes in the Romanian mass-media: Evenimentul Zilei (also here and here), Ziua (also here), Romanian Global News (also here). Two of the Romanian presidential candidates answered the questions, Mr. Marko Bela and Mr. Adrian Nastase. A reaction of FAR to these two answers can be read here.
This short essay is the result of a joint brainstorming of several Romanian scientists working in research outside Romania, voluntarily organized in a taskforce to help the Romanian Ministry of Education in its planned reform of the Romanian High Education and Research sectors- it summarizes imperative measures needed to reform the doctoral programs in Romania and to consequently contribute to the rebirth of the Romanian doctoral prestige. It was published here, in the section “Cercetare, Stiinta, Tehnologie” of RLIV-ACUM. Miruna Munteanu wrote an excellent article related to this document in Ziua.
I wrote this essay linked above for the conference “Migration of Young Romanian Researchers: Performances and Possibilities of Return”, organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (Institutul Cultural Roman=ICR) in Sinaia,October 2004. The essay can be found on the site of the ICR, it was published also on RLIV-ACUM (here with the abstract in the beginning as well), and in the Ad-Astra Journal.
- PDF Presentation of the paper “Conditia Cercetatorului…” (plus some other thoughts), at the Sinaia conference mentioned above
Some people in the audience totally disagreed with me :-), but that presentation got me something like 11 subsequent interviews with Romanian TV channels and press…
Other— random— articles published an era ago, in RLIV-ACUM (selection):
- Scurt despre Zei si Pamanteni in Context Autohton
- Cum Clavis: Modul de Alegere a Viitorului Papa
- Opinia Cititorului: Cu Trenul prin Romania. Partea a II-a
- A Face o Diferenta
- Noteaza-ti profesorii: www.calificativ.ro
- Reflectii (Utopice) de Duminica Seara pe Tema Societatii Civile Active
- Opinia Cititorului: Cu Trenul prin Romania
- Cat de Fioros Este Leul Greu? Despre Implicatiile Denominarii Monedei Nationale din Iulie 2005
- Consideratii Subiective asupra Retoricii Publice: Logos, Pathos, Ethos in Versiune Mioritica
- Note de Trecere, Mizerii si Dogme
- Elitele Autohtone: Conflict si Mediocritate (Pledoarie pentru Cooperare)
- Plesu si Mancatorii de Sarmale
- Un ecou la “Elementele Nonverbale…”
- Ma-Ia-Hii, Ma-Ia-Huu, Ma-Ia-Hoo, Ma-Ia-Haa si Adevarata Muzica Romaneasca
- Germania de Est: Popularitate Ingrijoratoare a Extremismului Politic
- Performanta Economica a Presedintilor Americani in Perioada Postbelica
- Talmaciri din Harry Mulisch: “Descoperirea Paradisului”
- “Cercetare, Stiinta, Tehnologie”: O Rubrica la Inceput de Drum
- 15 milioane de Oameni
- Fahrenheit 9/11- FILMUL
Mass-media coverage of Sebastian Buhai
Below you can check out a selection of press/ magazine articles & other news media, including, e.g., television talk-shows, where I have been interviewed/ quoted/ invited (with saved PDF versions — by clicking on below — where possible, should the direct links not work any longer); note that the vast majority of these news media items below are in Romanian, though they have some explanations in English (if at all; started doing that only for newer items). The starred ones are larger contributions (such as, for instance, long interviews or talk-shows). In reverse chronological order:
- Live 50-minute interview/ discussion on the Romanian TV channel Digi24 (Cluj-Napoca), “Vocile Clujului” rubric, with Marius Benta as — superlative — talk-show host, 28 July 2015. I have discussed some of the necessary steps that need to be taken in Romania in order to eventually reach excellence in terms of scientific research and graduate education status quo, with focus on Economic Sciences (arguably, Economics has one of the sorriest state among all sciences represented in my country). Inter alia, my advice for my co-nationals was to plagiarize… yes, to plagiarize!… but with a twist: they need to stop- and punish properly- plagiarizing scientific papers or PhD theses as currently habitual even at governmental levels in Romania, and instead copy/ emulate/ plagiarize! the organization and management of scientific research and graduate education from where it works, e.g., US, UK, Western Continental Europe. The unexpectedly large and reasonably successful community of Romanian academic economists from the diaspora are more than ready to help, but our colleagues from inside Romania have to be prepared to listen carefully… before further generations are lost.
- Adevarul, 17 June 2015 (with saved PDF version, in case the link stops working), in Romanian: under the (translated from Romanian) title “A Romanian economist from the diaspora challenges Mugur Isarescu [Governor of the National Bank of Romania=NBR]: NBR should capitalize on the top Romanian economists from outside the country“, this is Remus Florescu’s well adapted version of an article I initially wrote for Blog EconAcademia (a blog of Romanian academic economists that I initiated and co-founded in December 2014), proposing to the National Bank of Romania to set up a research institute in Economics similar to the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in Rome (founded by the Bank of Italy) and thus to revolutionize the current, dismal, status quo of the research and graduate education in Economics from inside Romania. The Adevarul article has been fully or partially taken over by various other Romanian online (news) sites, such as, in arbitrary order, Gazetarul.ro, Comisarul.ro, RadioIntact.ro, Fluierul.ro, Ziare.ro, etc.
- “Sinteza- Revista de gandire si cultura strategica”, number 15, April 2015, in Romanian (available fully only in print; see an imperfect fast-scanned version): adapted interview with me by Elena Nicolae, nicely entitled (by her) “The voice of the eXported Generation” (in original “Vocea generatiei eXportate“). I discussed briefly and quite generally about the Romanian ‘Generation X’ and how I fit in that– including my impression of Romania under communism, the Romanian revolution in December 1989, my experience of studying/working outside Romania from very early on, etc.
- Adevarul, 4 March 2015 and Adevarul, 6 April 2015 (with saved PDF versions, pdf_4March2015 and respectively pdf_6April2016, in case the links ever malfunction), in Romanian: 2 articles by Petru Munteanu with the list/ description of the 2015 Foreign Policy (FP) Romania Prizes “Top 100: People and Ideas which Move Romania” (=”Top 100: Oameni si Idei care Misca Romania”); I have been awarded the 2015 FP Romania “Top 100” Prize– jointly with Mihai Copaciu, Cosmin Ilut and Cristian Litan– within the category “Ideas/Projects” (=”Idei/Proiecte”), for our initiating the Annual Conferences of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (“ERMAS” as its Romanian acronym). The more recent article linked at this bullet point is an ‘extended version’ of all those mentioned within the “Ideas/Projects” category of the 2015 FP Romania Top 100; starts with a photo of my colleague Mihai Copaciu receiving the prize of this category on our behalf, in Bucharest, on 3 March 2015.
Foreign Policy Romania, nr. 44, ed. Feb/March 2015 (available fully only in print; see a relevant PDF fragment), in Romanian: an article with detailed information about all the 2015 FP Romania Prizes “Top 100: People and Ideas which Move Romania”, including the prize that I and 3 other colleagues have won for initiating the ERMAS conference, within the category “Ideas/Projects”, see also the bullet point immediately above. This article was mentioned, inter alia, also in a press communiqué of the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, superlative hosts of the very first ERMAS edition (you can also check out a full compilation of the various press articles about initiating and organizing the 1st ERMAS conference edition, including about being awarded this FP Romania Top 100 prize).
- Adevarul, 1 January 2015 (with saved PDF version, in case the link stops working), in Romanian: interview in this newspaper’s “Romani cu care ne mandrim” (=”Romanians who make us proud”) cycle, published in the very first day of the new year(!), in which I answered questions about my recent initiatives concerning Romanian academic economists, about my best research published in 2014, and about New Year wishes for the whole of Romania.
- Adevarul, 12 November 2014 (with a saved PDF version, in case the link stops working), in Romanian. An article by Remus Florescu, slightly adapting my questions on science/ research/ education policy addressed to the Romanian presidential candidates from the 2nd election round, November 2014 (this article gathered more than 1800 “likes” online on the Adevarul website, after just 1 (one) day since publication). The initial material embedding these questions appeared on my blog (where you can also read comments and my reactions to them). These 2014 questions are, in fact, identical to the ones I have addressed to the then-ROpresidential candidates exactly a decade earlier, in Nov 2004 (e.g., see below on this media-coverage page, around November 2004; search also my essays page for documents from around November 2004), when they were also sustained by several associations of Romanian researchers, and individually by some of the top Romanian scientists from abroad, including the Romanian Nobel Prize winner George Emil Palade; then in 2004 (sadly, as expected also now in 2014) few of the presidential candidates bothered to answer anything (and none replied concretely and/or to the point; for some of those 2004 documents, candidate replies, etc. you can consult here a sum-up by the Ad Astra Association of Romanian Scientists), and, unexpectedly, nothing significant changed in terms of science or education policy in my country, which still performs below any other of the EU countries and way below its potential. This article from Romanian daily Adevarul was also taken over by Yahoo News Romania or Comisarul de Cluj.
- Foreign Policy Romania (FPR), October-November 2014 edition– appeared in print 6 october– (so far only in print; in Romanian). The print edition has a short bio of myself (missing again one of my university degrees, but rest fine) on page 8- glimpse here– and an interview with myself (taken by Raluca Maxim) on pages 40-41, under the title “Repatriere stiintifica. La ce pot fi buni acasa economistii romani validati in centre de cercetare majore din lume” , glimpse here. See also the index of topics from this FPR edition. An (expanded) online version of the interview (seemingly) still has to appear somewhere; if it does, I shall link it here.
- ‘Sinteza- Revista de gandire si cultura strategica’, number 8, September 2014 edition (only in print; in Romanian), ample material by Elena Nicolae in the ‘Intelligent Business’ section– under my headline “Noi nu ne-am saturat de Romania” (which appeared also in one of my interviews down on the page, about 10 years before this)– covering the ERMAS 2014 conference, based on interviews with myself, Mihai Copaciu, Cristian Pop-Eleches, Nicolae Garleanu, Virgiliu Midrigan and Mihai Manea. A glimpse of this Sinteza material (as you see, inter alia, the journalists from Sinteza took some pretty nice pictures!).
- VoxPublica.Realitatea.net, 22 August 2014 (in Romanian) , an article-analysis by Ciprian Domnisoru.
- Adevarul, 21 August 2014 (in Romanian) This material from Adevarul was also taken over by Yahoo News Romania.
- Adevarul, 20 August 2014 (in Romanian) . (Flattering) Article by Remus Florescu (from its very title: “Mintile sclipitoare ale Romaniei care schimba economia lumii. De ce nu s-ar intoarce acasa”), based on interviews with myself, Mihai Manea and Nicolae Bogdan Garleanu (NB: the article has got some relatively minor errors — such as completely missing one of my academic education degrees, etc.– but overall is written well and obviously with noble intentions :-)). This article from Adevarul also appeared and/or was mentioned/ adapted on such platforms as Wall-Street.ro, Comisarul.ro, Romania20.org or Momentozero.eu.
- Actual de Cluj, 19 August 2014 (in Romanian)
- Digi24 Cluj-Napoca, 18 August 2014 (in Romanian), with short video interview about the ERMAS 2014 conference (following Mugur Isarescu and Cristian Pop-Eleches in the linked videoclip). The content of the article appeared also on Yahoo News Romania.
- Hotnews, 14 August 2014 (in Romanian)
- Live 50-min discussion on Romanian TV channel Digi 24 Cluj, 23 July 2014, together with Cristian Litan, and Marius Benta from Digi. The discussion was about ERMAS 2014 (18-22 August, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), i.e., the first edition of the Annual Scientific Conference of Romanian Academic Economists (“Conferinta Stiintifica Anuala a Economistilor Romani din Mediul Academic din Strainatate” in Romanian), which I have initiated and co-coordinated, including about its objectives, participants, near and far future, and related discussions about the Romanian scientific research, etc. All materials about the conference can be consulted on conferinta.econacademia.net (look for the PDF documents, available usually in both Romanian and English). These documents are also be accessible from my webpage with miscellaneous (non-research) essays.
Live 50-min discussion on Romanian TV channel Digi24 (Cluj-Napoca), rubric “Vocile Clujului”, together with Marius Benta and Razvan Florian, 3 April 2014. Inter alia, Razvan and I discussed about the current status of research and research policy in Romania, concrete ideas/ chances of bringing back or collaborating with the best Romanian scientists abroad, my involvement with the 1st Annual Scientific Conference of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (ERMAS 2014), and even… Salvo Montalbano, in the Romanian academic context :-). For some background in these discussions you may also want to read this essay on the condition of the Romanian scientific researcher that I wrote in 2004, or this other essay with questions addressed to the Romanian presidential candidates also in 2004, both mentioned in my Digi 24 interview (more such materials can be consulted here). And, of course, not sufficiently discussed in this interview, feel free to browse my and some of my enthusiastic Romanian economist colleagues’ initiative, Econacademia.
Contributors.ro, 18 December 2013 (in Romanian) , article by Virgil Iordache.
- Tinbergen Institute Magazine #27, Fall 2013 (in English) See page 8 of this PDF.
- Hotnews.ro, 18 February 2013 (in Romanian) With the program of this RUSMG (the best I could do at the time in terms of a general name/ acronym :-)) workshop (in English)
- Romanian Embassy in Denmark website, 6 October 2012 (in Romanian) See also the full YouTube video record of the 6-10-12 BRAINetwork event that was mentioned in this article (my address starts about 33m30s – in Romanian; the subtitles in English are mostly fine, but not always correct).
- UNPUBLISHED 10-question interview in Romania Libera (the journalist who wanted to interview me, Petre Badica, seemingly changed his mind after I sent him– true, rather very late: the excuse is that we have also other things to do in academia– the answers), 10 February 2012 (in Romanian)
- Live 40-min dialog on Romanian TV channel TransilvaniaLive.ro (former NCN.Ro), within the “Ziua de Zece” rubric (with Marius Benta and Sabin Gherman), 22 December 2011: I could not retrieve this online yet, will post a link here once I do. I discussed, inter alia, about the European Union labour market and Romania in this context, including labour market restrictions still kept by some of the EU Member States, North-South labour market differences in the EU etc. (in Romanian)
- Live interview on Romanian TV channel NCN.ro, within the “Cluj Zi de Zi” rubric (Ciprian Aron interviewer), 2 September 2010 (in Romanian): link1, link2 (my interview is the last of that day, starts about 94’30”). The interview was mainly about the status of the Romanian education and scientific research (e.g., recent education reforms of the Education Minister, Daniel Funeriu etc.), comparison to other European systems and to the USA etc. (in Romanian)
- Flacara, 20 January, 2009 (in Romanian)
- Cotidianul, 20 Aprilie, 2008 (in Romanian)
- Noua revista Cultura, 9 March 2006 (in Romanian)
- Internal University Press, Aarhus School of Business, 23 February 2006 (in Danish)
- Cotidianul, 26 October 2005 (in Romanian) (see also a note from the “Catavencu Media Group” about this )
- Timpul, 5 May 2005 (in Romanian)
- Ev. Zilei interview with then-Ad-Astra director Razvan Florian, 23 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Forumul Academic Roman, comunicat de presa, 22 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Ziua, 19 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Cultura, November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Romanian Global News, 16 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Romanian Global News, 3 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Adevarul, 19 October 2004 (in Romanian)
- Elsevier, October 2004 (in Dutch)
- NRC, 2 April 1999 (in Dutch)
Sebastian Buhai’s Projects and Links
See also a bunch of random links from my older website, which I will (re)organize as soon as possible…